What do Illinois Income Tax, Pension Benefits and Unemployment Have in Common?

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Ex Jolietian March 05, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Hi Larry. My retired teacher neighbor managed to raise her income in the last 3 years from 86K to 96K to 106K. It's a rigged game. She was over paid as a teacher... and a 65K pension is not sustainable. We can't undo the deals that have been made.. but all future pensions should be 401K's directed by the employee.. with NO guarantees... and ALL teachers should be paying into Social Security... so they can received those benefits.. just like 99 percent of all Americans.
Larry March 05, 2014 at 12:34 PM
That is a RIDICULIOUS amount of money for a position that is not even an all year job just like a politician, those are the pensions that are problematic not mine, And the deal that is supposed to happen for current State employees is that they would have to either contribute more into the system or go onto a 401k, but I am not hearing that as of lately. And yes they should be paying into S.S, as a state worker we did!!! Blame the politicians and unions, but let's not BLAME the workers, they made the rules we didn't, we can only play by the rules that they laid out for us. And once your retired you should NOT have to have (YOUR-PENSION-COMPROMISED), by a budget that they can't meet. The S.E.R.S funded at 70% back in 2003, and since the Blago- Quinn era's it has been deficient, why is that????
Ex Jolietian March 05, 2014 at 12:47 PM
You Union members voted these mopes in... I blame YOU and your Comrades. You made a deal with the devil.. now live with the consequences. I hope the State defaults on all of it's pension obligations... and I hope it happens ASAP. How's that?
Burt March 05, 2014 at 12:49 PM
I guess we may have to vote in the republicans to fix this. Of course they are idiots too. Whatever they do I will pay more taxes on all fronts until I am broke and then be glad to be dead
Burt March 05, 2014 at 12:52 PM
The pension will sing along for the next decade. In ten years the pensions will only be 200 billion underfunded instead of 400 billion. People have a responsibility to save more on their own no matter how much it hurts.
Burt March 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Everyone here should be out shoveling snow !
Larry March 05, 2014 at 01:17 PM
I shoveled mine Burt, By the way yesterday on the news, it was reported that MADIGAN was having Breakfast with a Republican???? Guess who's coming to Breakfast, Bruce the Fake Republican Raumner, we all know his past with Raum Emanual!!!
Larry March 05, 2014 at 01:30 PM
Ex-Jolietean, How is it my fault I didn't vote for them and how does a person making a living supposed to tell the union who and what to do! I wish you the same EX-JOLIET WHATEVER!!!! I hope that you default on your TONGUE, what a Stupid COMMENT to make ,You act as though the people that played by the rules are at fault??? Who made a deal with the devil??? Are you DELIRIOUS, ARE YOU FOR REAL!!! Ya many happy returns to you to!!!! You sound like your JELIOUS of a DEDICATED RETIREE, who knows maybe at one time I helped you or someone you know when you were broke down on the road, even though that was not my responsibility I use to help motorist out of HARMS WAY if I could help them, Have a GOOD Day EX-JOLIETIAN,!!!! And if you were represented by the union and they gave you a decent pension, would you not acknowledge it??? Besides our pensions are not exorbitant ones unlike the $100,000 and above!!!
Larry March 05, 2014 at 01:32 PM
COMARADS, What are we in RUSSIA, JOLIET whatever???
Phaedrus Pirsig March 05, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Larry, I don't agree with the union position. That being said I don't believe you need to punish yourself everyday defending your personal position, which nobody on these boards is privy to. If you are not one of the modern pensioners with an exorbitant payout or one gaming the system, then there is no reason for you to keep stepping in and taking the bullet for those that do.
Larry March 05, 2014 at 04:15 PM
That is just it, I am not in the exorbitant payouts, yet I and others are being punished for the one's that are!!! There should have been a cut off point, Pension Freeze for the top one's only, our pension's are not the HIGHER ESHALANT PENSIONS!!
Ex Jolietian March 05, 2014 at 04:30 PM
LOL.. it's always the fault of the top guy huh Larry. How about let the State go Belly Up and all of your pension parasites can get jobs at Walmart or McDonald's. It's happening in Detroit... and it's coming soon here.
Larry March 05, 2014 at 04:39 PM
How about you stop being JEALOUS over someone's lifetime retirement service of 32 yrs., You probably voted for the same one's that created this MESS, IT WASN'T THE RETIREE'S, YOU act as though retirees are the ENEMY AND WE Aren't WE didn't get a FREE PENSION. WE PAID INTO IT FAITHFULLY FOR YEARS!!!! YOU GO WORK AT WALMART, OR MCDONALDS, YOU are being ignorant, we are not paraites, I'LL say it Again BLAME THE PEOPLE that are re-elected term after term!!!! I only viewed my concern for MY PENSION and you gang up on me I want the public to know what is going on and you Blame me, I'M not giving current State employees in Cook County Free insurance, your Governor is allowing it for union votes????
Ex Jolietian March 05, 2014 at 04:41 PM
LOL @ we paid for it faithfully. You get all of what you put in the plan in 5-8 years. How long do you plan on living after you retire... 9 years ???
Larry March 05, 2014 at 04:49 PM
How long are you going tom live, Stupid, remark, I'm Done trying to make my point!! How can you talk about someones longevity. You talk with no respect at all!!! And we did pay into (OUR-PENSIONS-FAITHFULLY) EVERY 2 WEEKS FOR YEARS, I'M DONE, ARGUING With you regardless of what your stupid thinking , and ignorant remarks, but you know what on this ASH WEDNESDAY JOLIETIAN GOD BLESS YOU, On this Blessed day.
Ex Jolietian March 05, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Hello Wall.... you paid enough to receive benefits for 5-8 years.. where does the rest come from... hello... TAX PAYERS. The Goose that laid the Golden Egg is DOA son... and so is the State of Illinois.
Larry March 05, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Why don't you leave the state!
Burt March 05, 2014 at 05:02 PM
I doubt that it is dead. The state will be pushed till it is bankrupt then they will double the taxes on us. Good Lord I guess I will have to move. Realestate taxes went up again, mine went up by another grand because this year I can file for a freeze so they wanted to make sure they nailed me first. The city no doubt will erect more bronze statues of politicians, fountains, energy wasting lights, new police station even though the other one is fine, pay raises of 6% for public employees, pensions, low cost housing for illegals, halfway houses for the bums, parades and make sure to invite the gays, gold crown for the mayor, new sex ed classes on how to file for a free sex change, escalades for the police Dept, maybe a few tanks to keep the old people in line.
Larry March 05, 2014 at 05:07 PM
Burt, you pretty much summed it up!! It's all about the vote!
Larry March 06, 2014 at 12:11 PM
If the political leaders were funding the pension systems instead of stealing the money, today we would not be having these discussions, they were irresponsible with their inaction, they should all be investigated for mis appropriating pension funds!!! If they ran a corporation like this they would be indicted.
Phaedrus Pirsig March 06, 2014 at 12:53 PM
Exactly Larry. The politicians and your union bosses should be indicted. Also, if they ran it like a corporation, the corporation, the pension, would be bankrupt and there would be no B.S. way to go back to the tax payers and steal from them.......We've finally come full circle with this argument. Did you see Chicago's bond rating was downgraded yesterday, again? This is because of the pensions and if they don't do something it will destroy the city. If they try to take it from the tax payers it will also destroy the city, because everyone will leave, just like Detroit.
Larry March 06, 2014 at 05:57 PM
They didn't do their part, retirees did, if they didn't steal my contributed pension money, then we would not be conversing about this. They do not know how to stop spending money on things that aren't necessary, like a Obama library, who do you think will be flipping that million dollar+ bill, and what about more seating at Soldiers field??? These are the things that are not needed!!! You don't have to explain to me about bond ratings, the ratings are related to extreme spending on political programs to provide votes for all the incumbants. Just remember when you are critical of my pension that I am also a Tax payer, how would you feel if you knew that you were going to live on a set amount of money and these Greedy hors were trying to take away your families food on the table due to their irresponsible so called borrowing and spending of my pension dollars!!!
Ex Jolietian March 06, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Larry thinks that the pension money he's drawing today is from the measly pittance he contributed to his retirement over his working career. I've never met a public sector worker that understood math.
Larry March 06, 2014 at 06:13 PM
Well that's it there are probably 60,000 retirees that would like for you to understand that it is not a MEASLY PTTANCE, I'M not disputing your MATH ,YOUR missing the main COMPLAINT, THEY YOUR ELECTED 30-40+ CAREER POLITICAL LEADERS DIDN'T DO THEIR JOB BY FUNDING THE SYSTEM, INSTEAD THEY STOLE THE PENSION MONEY, CAN YOU COMPRHEND THAT THEY STOLE THE MONEY??? Have a good evening Joliet!
Citizen Sane March 21, 2014 at 07:41 AM
I would like to thank the commenters on this thread for their vigor and strong opinions. We're lucky to have such brilliant minds on tap.
Citizen Sane March 21, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Oh, and the use of uppercase isn't lost on me. Not one bit. I get uppercase.
ConcernedElhmhurstTaxpayer April 07, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Please don't vote for Quinn in Nov. Quinn and Michael Madigan have destroyed the former great state of IL. We need new leadership in Springfield. Thank you.
Larry April 07, 2014 at 03:34 PM
Concerned Elmhurst TX Payer, Do you really think that Rauner is the answer, he is as Democratic as Quinn, and besides nothing is changing as long as Madigan is in there dictating what he wants and with whomever???
Phaedrus Pirsig April 07, 2014 at 03:53 PM
If that's the case Larry, If everyone is the same and nothing can change if Rauner gets voted in, why comment? The fact is Rauner symbolizes and repeats the policies that fiscal conservatives want to hear, common sense. His winning would be a nod towards these policies. Politicians would be forced to pay more attention to the these wants, I know you can understand this concept. Last night one of my best Democrat buddies who's in a the public union told me he voted for Dillard in the Republican primary just to try and get the weaker candidate in the election. How is this legal? He didn't think this up himself, somebody told him to do it. This is the type of voter fraud your buddies engage in.
Larry April 07, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Why not comment , everyone thinks that Rauner can change everything, I will explain it again, POWER= MIKE MADIGAN, he runs or RUINS the state, ever since Madigan has been Speaker Of the House, no one else controls Springfield, the title Governor is just that, nothing more. Nothing gets done unless Madigan says so. So it could be Governor Dillard ,Governor ________. Governor??????, same results, promises in ads don't mean anything, Obama lied about everything he supposedly represented once in office. Term Limits??? do you really think that is as easy as it is portrayed in ads, and I do agree with that 40+years in office is too long!!!


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